What oceans does this famous canal connect? Why was it one of the most dangerous engineering projects ever? Learn about the true story of the Panama Canal through easy-to-read chapters and engaging black and white illustrations. 108 pages with timeline, softcover. Ages 8-12.
Before 1914, traveling from the East Coast to the West Coast meant going by land across the entire United States. To go by sea involved a long journey around South America and north along the Pacific Coast. But then, in a dangerous and amazing feat of engineering, a 48-mile-long channel was dug through Panama, creating the world’s most famous shortcut: the Panama Canal!
Janet Pascal is an Executive Production Editor at Viking Children's Books and the author of Who Was Dr. Seuss?, Who Was Maurice Sendak?, and Who Was Abraham Lincoln? She lives in New York City.